I let that day go by without comment, but it is surely a very precious day for a parish named "St. Paul's." We remember on June 29th St. Paul's death (and St. Peter's) in Rome. Paul beheaded (Roman citizens got this better treatment) and St. Peter crucified upside down, judging himself unworthy to crucified in the same manner as the Lord Jesus. The year was likely 66 A.D.
In Christianity, it has been said that each of the three great "divisions" corresponds roughly to these three apostles:
In the East, St. John has the preeminence.
In Rome, St. Peter.
For the Protestants, St. Paul.
There is something beautiful in the Church remembering that we cannot oppose these men; that they belong together in their witness to the Incarnate Lord who is crucified and risen and ascended and who will come again in glory as judge of the living and the dead. Granted, St. John was not included in the commemoration on June 29, but he is there with both Peter and Paul in spirit as they yield their lives in witness to Him who is victor over death and the grave, for could Peter ever have forgotten the words spoken to him about John by our Lord in John 21?
Give Your church,
Lord, to see
Days of peace and unity.
O Lord, have mercy!